Reflections Upon Childhood and Adolescence: Intertextual Dialogue in the Cement Garden Anna Wilczewska

ISBN: 9783954892754

Published: April 10th 2014

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96 pages


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Reflections Upon Childhood and Adolescence: Intertextual Dialogue in the Cement Garden  by  Anna Wilczewska

Reflections Upon Childhood and Adolescence: Intertextual Dialogue in the Cement Garden by Anna Wilczewska
April 10th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 96 pages | ISBN: 9783954892754 | 5.23 Mb

The thesis is devoted to the intertextual analysis of The Cement Garden, the first novel of a famous postmodern British novelist Ian McEwan. In the following chapters I shall prove that the novel exhibits both intertextual relations with particular works of fiction and also enters into a discourse with the generic archetypes. The first chapter refers to the intertextual relation text-text and concentrates on the profound interconnectivity between McEwans The Cement Garden and Goldings Lord of the Flies.

The focus is also placed upon depiction of childhood and, in a more general sense, human nature by both authors in relation to the literary tradition. The chapter traces various techniques employed by McEwan in the novel, in order to refresh the already read and provide a modern vision of childhood and adolescence. The second and the third chapters are devoted to the intertextual discourse with the generic literary tradition, namely Gothic fiction and psychological novel of development. Both chapters depict the ways generic conventions are used in The Cement Garden, but also portray the authors deliberate departure and inversion of particular attributes of the genres.

The author either provides the parody and inversion of the generic conventions, or employs particular generic aspects in order to effectively express and emphasize certain issues brought about in the novel. Thanks to the skillful use of the genres and their conventions, McEwan achieves an extraordinary effect and invites the reader to explore a complex network of literary allusions.



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